IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE — WATER RIGHTS AND RECLAMATION
WATERSHED IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS
42-3708. Powers of directors. The directors of a watershed improvement district shall have power:
1. To levy and cause to be collected assessments on real property within the district in an amount not to exceed six hundredths of one per cent (.06%) of the market value for assessment purposes on all taxable property within the district, for the purpose of general administration and operation and maintenance of the district and in addition thereto to separately levy and cause to be collected assessments on real property within the district in an amount not to exceed twenty hundredths of one per cent (.20%) of the market value for assessment purposes on all taxable property within the district for construction of structural works of improvement. Before a levy can be made for any purpose, an election, subject to the provisions of section 34-106, Idaho Code, as herein provided must be held, and the provisions as outlined under sections 42-3712, 42-3713 and 42-3714, Idaho Code, must be complied with, and assessments can only be levied against lands to be directly benefited.
2. To conduct surveys, investigations and research relating to floodwater, sediment damage and the conservation, utilization, and disposal of water in the district, and the structural works of improvement needed.
3. To obtain options upon and acquire by purchase, exchange, lease, gift, grant, bequest, devise, or otherwise, any property, real or personal, and improve any properties acquired; to receive income from such properties and to expend such income in carrying out the purposes and provisions of this chapter; to sell, lease, or otherwise dispose of any of its property or interest therein in furtherance of the purposes and provisions of this chapter.
4. To develop comprehensive plans for the prevention of floodwater and sediment damage and the conservation, development, utilization, and disposal of water within the district, which plans shall specify the acts, procedures, performances and avoidances which are necessary for effectuation of such plans.
5. To construct, operate and maintain structural works of improvement for the prevention of floodwater and sediment damages, and the conservation, development, utilization, and disposal of water as provided for in the act of the congress of the United States known as the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act (U.S.C., tit. 16, sections 1001-1008) and acts amendatory thereto.
6. To have the right of eminent domain with the power to cause to be condemned and appropriated for the use of the district in the construction, operation, maintenance and upkeep of its structures, waterways, dikes, dams, basins, or any other use necessary in the carrying out of the provisions of this chapter upon the payment of just compensation therefor.
7. To borrow money and to issue negotiable coupon bonds, which bonds shall bear interest, and which bonds shall be due and payable not later than thirty (30) years from the date of issuance, or at such earlier date as may be determined by the directors. The form and terms of said bonds, including their payment and redemption prior to maturity, shall be determined by the directors. Such bonds as may be issued shall be payable solely out of and from the assessments levied upon and a lien upon the lands within the district as provided in this chapter. Such bonds may be issued by the directors only upon the holding of an election within the district as provided by law and upon such election resulting in two-thirds (2/3) of the property owners, and representing at least fifty-one per cent (51%) of the land to be benefited, casting their ballots in favor thereof.
8. To enter into contracts or agreements with the United States or any of its officers, agents, or subdivisions, or the state of Idaho or any of its officers, agents or political subdivisions, and to cooperate with such governments, persons or agencies in effectuating, promoting and accomplishing the purposes of this chapter.
9. To bear its allocated share of the cost of any project resulting from any contract or agreement entered into as provided in subsection 8. of this section.
10. To take over, administer and maintain pursuant to any agreement or contract entered into in accordance with the provisions of subsection 8. of this section any watershed improvement project within its boundaries undertaken in cooperation with the United States or any of its agencies, or with the state of Idaho or any of its agencies, or any combinations thereof.
11. To accept donations, gifts and contributions in money, services, or materials, or otherwise, from the United States or any of its agencies, or the state of Idaho or any of its agencies or any combinations thereof, and to expend such moneys, services, or materials in carrying on its operations.
12. To sue and be sued in the name of the district; to have a seal, which seal shall be judicially noticed; to have perpetual succession unless terminated as hereinafter provided; to make and execute contracts and other instruments necessary or convenient to the exercise of its powers, and to promulgate, amend and repeal rules not consistent with the provisions of this chapter.
13. To exercise all other powers necessary, convenient or incidental to carrying out the purposes and provisions of this chapter.
[42-3708, added 1957, ch. 226, sec. 8, p. 508; am. 1970, ch. 133, sec. 8, p. 309; am. 1980, ch. 136, sec. 5, p. 298; am. 1995, ch. 82, sec. 19, p. 231; am. 1995, ch. 118, sec. 74, p. 489; am. 1996, ch. 322, sec. 40, p. 1070.]